Just in time for the warmer temperatures and the summer months ahead, Jamie Votaw and Ariana Cooper have opened up a local ice cream parlor called Ice Cream Sammies in downtown Chandler on Boston Street, just the next block east of popular downtown Chandler destinations such as Paletas Betty, Vintage 95 Wine Lounge, and recently opened, The Brickyard Downtown.
What will you find at Ice Cream Sammies?
Homemade style ice cream and cookies that are made from scratch daily in small batches is what you will find at Ice Cream Sammies.
Ice Cream Sandwiches or “Sammies” are the staple here. Choose between roughly a half dozen cookie options and up to sixteen different flavors of ice cream. In case a scoop of ice cream between two cookies was not decadent enough, one has the option to “top it off” with several selections of toppings. If Sammies are not your thing, Ice Cream Sammies also offers sundaes, shakes and ice cream by the scoop in a bowl or waffle cone.
Arirang Korean BBQ & Sushi has taken over Takamatsu, the Korean and Sushi bar and restaurant in Chandler. The change of management/ownership occurred towards the end of 2015. Signage and menu was changed out in February to reflect the regime change. Prices and menu are comparable to before. The primary focus is Korean food and Korean BBQ with table top grills. However, there still is a sushi menu with the miniature sized sushi bar that stands out when you first walk in. The interior has remained exactly the same.
In the long forgotten basement of the San Marcos Hotel in Downtown Chandler, a nationally recognized local mixologist, Brandon Casey (formerly of Citizen Public House and The Gladly), has revived the dormant basement which once stored ostrich feathers. He is paying obeisance to the space’s former use and Chandler’s unique history, with the large flightless bird from Africa by opening up a speakeasy called The Ostrich.
The Ostrich is across the street from the San Tan Brewery’s outdoor patio area and around the corner and below Crust which is at street level. In true speakeasy fashion, there is no signage. Look for the staircase going down the side of the exterior of the building to the basement. Usually, there is someone checking IDs at the top of the staircase.
In a land filled with corporate chains, finding small “Mom & Pop” businesses in *SoCha (South Chandler) is a challenge, especially if you are one who likes to support your local community and local businesses.
Pho Chandler, located on the SEC of Arizona Ave & Ocotillo Road (in the Home Depot shopping center), is a small and friendly Mom & Pop Vietnamese restaurant that’s slinging out traditional Vietnamese dishes such as bowls of Phò (hot bowl of noodle soup), Bún, (Vermicelli noodle salad like bowl/dishes), Chả Giò (Vietnamese style egg rolls) and Gỏi Cuốn (spring rolls).
Pho Chandler is a clean, sparsely decorated casual no frills, come as you are and get your fix of affordable Vietnamese food (all dishes under $10.00). Good for kids.
Like most Vietnamese restaurants, Pho Chandler offers several varieties of Pho such as an assortment of noodle soup (different cuts of beef), chicken and seafood. They even offer a vegetarian option.
Peixoto Coffee Roasters
Have you had a chance to check out Peixoto Coffee Roasters downtown Chandler? We did, and we loved it! It's located at 11 West Boston Street, Suite 6 in Chandler on Arizona Avenue. It's urban-style setting entices you to sit and enjoy the atmosphere with a friend or pull out your laptop and jump into the cloud. Oh yeah, and the coffee is great too! We had a chance to try several different blends as well as their smooth cold-brew. The staff has always been awesome and have been a joy to talk to about the coffee roasting process. Peixoto Coffee Roasters also wholesales their beans and you can order them directly from their website.
Walk scores near downtown Chandler have definitely improved with the addition of Peixoto Coffee Roasters. Residents with homes for sale near downtown Chandler are likely welcoming new small businesses with open arms. So if coffee is your thing, be sure to check out and support Peixoto Coffee Roasters downtown Chandler, AZ.
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